Arthur D. Little completes inaugural edition of Saudi Case Competition

08 May 2023 2 min. read

Arthur D. Little has completed the inaugural edition of its Case Competition in Saudi Arabia, bringing together top talent from universities to solve real-world business problems.

The competition aimed to provide young Saudi talent with a platform to find out more about the world of strategy consulting, meet Arthur D. Little (the world’s oldest management consulting firm according to Wikipedia records), and more broadly, develop their skills around problem-solving and business acumen.

More than 200 graduates studying at leading universities from across the Kingdom signed up for the competition, which has held virtually from March 26 to March 31.

Patrick Linnenbank, Ryan Alnesayan and Nael Amin - Arthur D Little

Around 30 students were admitted to the final, which was held physically. In the final, they were challenged to solve a consulting case and present their solutions to a panel of judges consisting of Arthur D. Little consultants (including partner Patrick Linnenbank and principal Nael Amin) and industry experts.

The team prize went to Team HSK from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, while the individual plaudits went to engineering students Sultan bin Moammar, Hamad AlDail, and Khalid AlBaqami.

Reflecting on the competition, Arthur D. Little partner Ryan Alnesayan said: “We are incredibly pleased with the outcome of the competition. It not only showcased the talent of the participants but also highlighted the importance of investing in knowledge-building initiatives and providing opportunities for young professionals in Saudi Arabia.”

Amin added: “With a focus on contributing to the future economy, the competition underlined the importance of initiatives to ensure that Saudi Arabia's ambitious upskilling programme achieves its goals. The participants' innovative ideas and problem-solving skills were evident in their approach to the competition, showcasing the potential of youth to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the Kingdom.”

Following the success of the initial edition, the strategy consulting firm has confirmed the KSA Case Competition will return in 2024.

For Saudi students seeking to actually kickstart their career at Arthur D. Little, the firm has the AFAQ programme in place. The 12-month program prepares Saudi professionals for a career in the consulting sector through an interactive learning curriculum and real-world case work, with the goal of fostering personal development and professional success.